Texas County Sheriff’s Office dispatch changing to Texas County 911


Submitted by Sheriff Scott Lindsey
  The Texas County Sheriff’s Office has transitioned call dispatching to Texas County 911. If a citizen is reporting an emergency anywhere in Texas County, they are encouraged to dial 911 to report the incident. Calling 911 directly is the quickest way to receive help. The 911 center will dispatch sheriff’s deputies, ambulances and fire departments direct by radio without the caller being transferred to another dispatch. In addition to those services, the 911 center also dispatches the city police departments for Houston, Licking and Summersville. Another benefit of calling 911 directly is the location information for the call will be displayed at the dispatcher’s work station. The Cabool Police and Fire Department maintains its own dispatch and serves an important function as the off-site backup location for 911 dispatch, insuring that if an event caused the dispatch center in Houston to become inoperable, emergency services in Texas County would continue. 
  Citizens wishing to contact the Texas County Jail can do so by calling the main line for the sheriff’s office (417) 967-4165 and selecting the menu option for the jail. The phone menu also has options to reach the secretary about civil process and the office in charge of concealed carry permits and ATV permits. The administrative options on the menu are available during normal business hours Monday thru Friday. Citizens reporting a crime or needing to speak with the Sheriff or a deputy may select item 1 on the menu and be transferred to 911 dispatch.
  Sheriff Scott Lindsey comments: “We are continuing to upgrade the technology at the sheriff’s office that will allow for a seamless transfer of callers to the central dispatch center. I would encourage citizens reporting emergencies to dial 911 direct. The transfer of our dispatch to 911 fulfills the vision of Texas County voters that supported the sales tax funding for the creation of a 911 central dispatch center for emergency services.”

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